Category Archives: storage

Structural biology in the clouds: a 10-year-old success story

The structural biology community published an extensive presentation showcasing the successes of the 10-year-old collaboration with EGI.

The community’s MoBrain collaboration is developing online portals for life scientists worldwide and relies on High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services provided by the EGI Federation. In total, seven EGI data centres have offered around 75 million hours of computing time and more than 50 TB storage capacity to the research collaboration.

The MoBrain portals powered by EGI resources are: HADDOCK, DisVis, AMBER, CS-Rosetta, FANTEN and PowerFit. The web portal HADDOCK, for example, has so far processed more than 198,000 submissions from over 10,000 scientists, which translates into 8 million HTC computing jobs to EGI resources per year.

More usage trends and results of the partnership are available in the presentation.

The collaboration with EGI continues at the present time with a suite of dedicated thematic services within the EOSC-hub project.

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) started

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) kicked off in January 2018 in Bologna, Italy, with a mission to develop scalable technologies for federating storage resources and managing data in both existing and next-generation highly distributed computed environments in Europe.

XDC is coordinated by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and is a follow-up of the INDIGO-DataCloud project, which ended in September 2017. The XDC consortium brings together technology providers with experience in software development and large research communities from a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as life sciences, clinical research, astrophysics and high energy physics.

Continuing the efforts of INDIGO-DataCloud in the direction of providing web-based and mobile interfaces, XDC will integrate some intelligence on top of data management functionalities to meet the specific needs of scientific communities and implement a more flexible, efficient and scalable computing and storage infrastructure in Europe.

“We are very happy to be part of the XDC project and build on the successes of INDIGO-DataCloud”, says Matthew Viljoen, Operations Manager at the EGI Foundation. “EGI is involved in this project by assisting with dissemination, training and technical exploitation and by contributing to the quality assurance and ensuring that the software outputs of XDC may be easily used on eInfrastructures”, he adds.

XDC involves eight partners and is funded with three million euros over 27 months.

For more information about the project, have a look at the eXtreme Data Cloud website.

EGI Webinar: How to engage SMEs for national e-infrastructures

EGI is pleased to announce the webinar “How to engage SMEs for national e-infrastructures” to be held on Wednesday 31 May 15:00-16:00 CEST. This 1-hour webinar will provide attendants with an outline of the EGI framework for private sector engagement including the services offered, participation mechanisms, strategies and success stories that could be used by all national e-infrastructure providers.

EGI has a long-standing commitment to sharing the benefits of e-infrastructure technology and services with industry, especially SMEs, which are considered one of the key drivers for economic growth, innovation, and employment. The European Commission has made them one of the focuses in the Horizon 2020 with the aim of putting SMEs in the lead for the delivery of innovation to the market. EGI supports this policy objective through an established Business Engagement Programme for developing relationships with the private sector and bringing them into the EGI ecosystem to create mutual value.

Companies can identify their own business opportunities, advertise their services, and/or conduct R&D activities in collaboration with the public research sector using the capabilities that EGI makes available for them.

One of the objectives of EGI-Engage, an EC-funded project that supports the expansion of EGI as the largest multidisciplinary public computing, storage and data infrastructure, was to create a model for SME engagement that would not only be put in practice, but could be adopted and adapted for a wider number of national e-infrastructure providers/resource centres as well.

This will be the key focus of the webinar.

Webinar details:

Date & time: Wed 31 May 2017,  15:00 – 16:00 (CEST)

Organiser: The EGI Foundation

Webinar link (WebEx)

Password: Business

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